Alabama Music Teachers Association
Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

State Conference

2018 AMTA State Conference

May 31 - June 2

Auburn University

The Hotel at Auburn University is our Conference Hotel and the Banquet will be in the Terrace Room.   Rooms can be reserved at the conference rate of: $139/night (Double/King).  Cut off date for conference rate is May 7, 2018.   Call the reservations line at 1-800-228-2876 and ask for the Alabama Music Teachers Association group block. or use the following link:


2018 Guest Artist:   Richard Cionco

Pianist Richard Cionco -- praised by Donal Henahan of the New York Times for his “sensitive pianism” has performed as soloist with orchestras, as chamber musician, and as a recitalist on three continents.

A Steinway Artist, Mr. Cionco is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The Juilliard School.  Important chamber music performances include those at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, and at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy.

He has performed in recital in nearly every major U.S. city and his performances of Liszt’s complete 12 Transcendental Etudes have brought him rave reviews.  Recently, he performed at New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, Kent State University, Florida State University, University of Alberta in Canada, Stetson University, Pensacola State University, the University of Florida, San Jose State University, the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the Great Music in Scarborough Series in New York, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno, Tulane University in New Orleans, in Anchorage, AK, and dozens more. 

Mr. Cionco has recorded solo and chamber music by Daniel Kingman for innova records and his first solo CD, Latin American Music for Solo Piano, on the Centaur Records label has received rave reviews, notably by the American Record Guide.  Each summer he serves on the artist faculty of the Orfeo International Music Festival and Competition in Northern Italy and performs at the Samsø Piano Festival in Denmark.  He has given master classes, lectures, recitals and has served as adjudicator in China and Hong Kong.  In 2012, he released a solo CD of Beethoven’s late piano music, and a CD of music by American composer, Sunny Knable -- both on the Centaur label.

Mr. Cionco was a Teaching Fellow for David Dubal at The Juilliard School for four years and is presently Professor of Piano at California State University, Sacramento where he teaches, performs, and composes.  He also enjoys running competitively and cooking, as well as hiking far and wide.


2018 Guest Clinician: Fred Karpoff

Fred Karpoff has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including venues in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Finland, Italy, China, and the United States. A former Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, Fred Karpoff is a prize winner in the San Antonio, Dublin, and Competition Internationale international piano competitions. As guest artist at music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he has collaborated with many of America’s foremost musicians.

Winner of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award presented by Music Teachers National Association, Dr. Karpoff presents workshops and master classes throughout North America, including appearances at the past several MTNA Conferences, and the recent National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy with Randall Faber. Engagements in late 2017 include teacher training workshops, master classes, and performances in Salt Lake City, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Pune.

He is the artistic producer of Entrada Piano Technique, an online video resource for teachers and students to achieve effortless piano technique at Entrada is partnering with Faber Piano Adventures to a new professional development offering in the near future.

Karpoff has been fortunate to study with Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Robert Weirich and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and to have had extensive coachings with Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Richard Goode. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory and his undergraduate training took place at Northwestern University.

Fred Karpoff is Professor of Piano at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University and has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music. He is a Steinway Artist, and is the Director of Professional Development at the Faber Piano Institute.


Guest String Clinician:  Guy Harrison

Guy Harrison is Assistant Professor of Violin/Viola & String Music Education at Auburn University where he teaches applied violin & viola, chamber music and music education courses. He has held principal positions with the Jackson Symphony (MI) and Lubbock Symphony (TX) Orchestras as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (MI). Before moving to the United States Dr. Harrison performed regularly with both the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the Arkansas, South Bend, Saginaw, Traverse, Northwest Indiana and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras, and has toured extensively in Australia, as well as the USA, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, and New Caledonia.

Dr. Harrison is highly sought after as a teacher and clinician. He regularly works with middle school, high school and youth orchestras and in 2013 was the clinician for the All-West Middle School Honor Orchestra (Memphis, TN). He is a certified classroom teacher and has taught in the Texas public school system as well as establishing private studios in Texas, Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas and Alabama. Dr. Harrison also served as the Director of Education for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. His research interests include string teacher preparation, youth ensembles, musician wellness, string pedagogy and new music.

Dr. Harrison also serves as musical director of the Auburn University Youth Orchestra and in 2015 launched the Auburn University Music Project – an afterschool orchestral string program for local elementary students. Originally from Australia, he completed his Doctoral degree in Violin Performance at Michigan State University in 2012 under the direction of Dr. Walter Verdehr. He also holds degrees from the University of Adelaide (B.M. – Honors), and Michigan State University (M.M.).

Dr. Harrison performs on a J.B. Vuillaume circa 1858.